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In Love Again

The Music of Richard Rogers

Stacey Kent

CANDID CCD 79786


1. Shall We dance
2. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
3. My Heart Stood Still
4. It Never Entered My Mind
5. I Wish I Were in Love Again
6. Thou Swell
7. It Might as Well Be Spring
8. Nobody's Heart (Belongs to Me)
9. I'm Gonna was That Man
10. Right Outta My Hair
11. This Can't Be Love
12. Easy to Remember
13. Manhattan
14. Bali Ha'i

Stacey Kent - Vocals
Jim Tomlinson - Tenor sax & Flute
Colin Oxley - Guitar
David Newton - Piano
Simon Thorpe - Bass
Jasper Kviberg - Drums

Recorded in July & September 2001

The current trend with CD's to print the lyrics of all the songs in the sleeve, is a mystery to me. Stacey Kent has excellent diction, so we don't need them on that score. 'Sing along with Stacey', I don't think so!

Let this not detract from the music however, I heard one of Jim Tomlinson's records playing in a record store in Coventry the other day and thought it was Stan Getz! I can think of no higher praise. Dave Newton is without doubt a world-class pianist and Colin Oxley is a major league Guitar player. The Bass & Drums of Simon Thorpe and Jasper Kviberg respectively fit in well with the overall concept. Most vocalists agree that some of the people they sing with are more empathetic to the vocalist than others.
Stacey Kent is fortunate to work with such a talented group of musician's, but then she did marry one of them, Tenor player Jim Thomlinson.

Lets turn our attention to the 'tunes' for a moment, Richard Rogers was one of the all time great 'tune smiths' and there can be no doubt about that. Every tune on the album is both a classic and well suited to the jazz performance.

That just leaves SK herself, in just a few years she has moved from being an unknown, to being a well-established and extremely popular singer and BBC radio presenter, with the BBC Big Band Special programme. There is really nothing I can add; she has already made it!

 

Don Mather


 

 
 
 
 



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